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BPL Bingo: A Chat with a Winner

by awilliams

BingoThis summer, adults across Boston had as much fun with summer reading as kids, thanks to BPL Bingo. Adults picked up or downloaded a BPL Bingo card and read various books and completed activities for a chance to win prizes, including Duck Boat tickets, BPL totes, pens, and mugs, Barnes & Noble gift cards, and more. The Adams Street Branch winner, Boston Public Schools teacher Mary O’Brien, chats with us about her experience playing BPL Bingo.

How many books/activities did you read/do as part of BPL Bingo?
I completed roughly 20.

What was your favorite book you read?
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg – a librarian I work with gave it to me as a gift. It was very funny, and I listed it under the “recommended by a librarian” box.

BPLBingoDid you read a book/genre for BPL Bingo that you normally wouldn’t have read?
I read last year’s Newbery Award winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, to fulfill the childhood classic category. I am not a fan of fantasy, so I was surprised that I enjoyed it!

Which of the activities did you complete?
I visited several of the new branches of the BPL – East Boston, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain.

What was your overall experience? Will you do it again next year?
Yes! I teach 2nd grade in BPS, so summer is my free time to read and catch up. I’m hoping next year has new reading categories to choose from!

Look out for BPL Bingo to come back next summer, with more great reading categories, activities, and prizes!